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Nationwide Reaches $5.5M Data Breach Settlement With 33 AGs

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The settlement came after the states claimed Nationwide and a subsidiary failed to apply a critical security patch to its network that could have protected it from the cyberattack.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.

Podcast Concept Isn't Patentable, Court Rules

By Scott Graham |

The Electronic Frontier Foundation scored a win Monday in its assault on a patent that claimed to cover the very idea of a podcast.

Artificial Intelligence is Molding the Attorney of the Future

By Jeff Pfeifer, LexisNexis |

New applications for cognitive computing are on the horizon to help attorneys address evolving business challenges and make more intelligent, strategic decisions.

Left to right: Shawnna Hoffman, IBM Global Cognitive Co-Leader; Brian Kuhn, Global Leader of IBM Watson Legal.

At ILTA, IBM Posits AI Is Necessity for Future Business of Law

By Ian Lopez |

IBM Watson Legal leaders put AI into context and discussed how it is being used in the legal industry.

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Judge Quits Over Facebook Posts Ripping Protesters of Confederate Monuments in Charlottesville

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Gwinnett County magistrate judge who posted Facebook insults over the weekend to protesters concerned about Confederate monuments in Charlottesville was off the job permanently by Wednesday evening.

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Google Memo Sparks Questions about Legal Technology’s Gender Gap

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Women in the industry reflect on gender issues following a controversial and widely circulated memo from a Google employee questioning women’s capacity for success in tech.

A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Little Legal Recourse for Supremacists Booted Off Tech Platforms, Experts Say

By David Ruiz |

A small group of tech companies are legally protected, for the most part, in their decisions to kick users off their platforms for privately and publicly espousing white supremacy.

The Knowledge Management Gamble: Aderant Acquires Handshake Software

By Ian Lopez |

The acquisition expands Aderant's product suite into knowledge management while keeping Handshake products under the Handshake name.

Panelists at a cybersecurity discussion during the ABA annual meeting, from left, Rishi Bhandari, Joseph Lawlor, Craig Newman, Edward Kim and Rachel Nguyen

2017 Bonuses Revealed! (Just Kidding: You've Been Hacked)

By Christine Simmons |

At an ABA discussion on law firm cybersecurity threats, one panelist said his security company tricked 85 percent of an organization's employees to click on a fake phishing email about bonuses. Another had a simple cybersecurity lesson for lawyers: Don’t forget your laptop on the plane.

Lawyers Need to Pay Attention to Ethical Obligations Following a Data Breach

By Ed Silverstein |

As hacking attempts against law firms continue to rise, attorneys can't forget their ethical obligations if the worst occurs.

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Wells Fargo Breach Spotlights the Need for Discovery Competence

By Phil Favro, Driven |

Wells Fargo’s shortcomings inform lawyers of the need to take basic discovery measures to safeguard client information from inadvertent disclosure.

Online Dispute Resolution Is Powerful Tool for GCs, Say Experts

By Sue Reisinger |

ODR can solve legal problems before they get out of hand.

Mark Langdon, left, executive director at Ballard Spahr, and Keith Lipman, president of Prosperoware.

For Law Firms, Metrics Matter. But Which Ones? A Primer From ILTA

By By Ian Lopez |

A Monday panel at ILTACON 2017 sought to clarify how law firms should determine what data to measure.

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Inside WilmerHale’s Approach to Matter Management for IP

By Don Steinberg and Joe Haag, WilmerHale |

The chair and vice chair of law firm WilmerHale’s IP Department discuss how the firm has used matter management technology for patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings and more.

Wolters Kluwer Tackles M&A Contract Drafting With New Analytics Platform

By Rhys Dipshan |

The company's newly released M&A Clause Analytics platform acts as a knowledge repository for contract drafting.

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IP Veteran Allen Lo Moves From Google to Facebook

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Lo replaces Sam O'Rourke, who left Facebook in March after a nine-year run with the company.

ABA and Jones Day to Launch Legal Website for Veterans

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

The platform, VetLex, will connect attorneys and legal organizations to veterans’ legal matters.

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Tech Giants File Amici Brief in Supreme Court Case Over Cellphone Data

By Marcia Coyle |

In a case involving law enforcement's use of cellphone location data, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other major tech companies on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that transmission to a service provider should not automatically bar protection of digital data from warrantless search and seizure.

In Injunction Fight, Analytics Startup Gets Access to Public LinkedIn Data

By Ross Todd |

A federal judge has barred LinkedIn Corp. from blocking access to hiQ Labs, a data analytics startup that the professional networking site accused of unlawfully accessing public profiles.

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Computational Compliance: IBM To Leverage AI-Engine Watson for RegTech Market

By Rhys Dipshan |

The growing market for regulation technology (regtech)—tools that help attorneys better understand and comply with various industry-specific laws—just got a new major player. Technology company IBM has entered the fold, aiming to leverage its artificial intelligence (AI) engine Watson in regulatory technology designed specifically for the financial industry.

AI's Role in Legal Spend Management Is More Expansive Than You Think

By Rhys Dipshan |

The co-founders of AI legal spend analyticscompany Brightflag discuss how AI can change how law firms manage and use legal spend data.

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ILTA Changes Executive Team Directly Before ILTACON, Leading to Confusion, Questions

By Zach Warren |

New CEO Dan Liutikas appoints four new members to the executive team, but many in the legal technology community are still searching for answers following long-time employee dismissals.

Simplifying Search? InnVenn Seeks to Tame Patent Research Through Visualization

By Rhys Dipshan |

Created by startup Loci, the platform uses Venn diagrams to help users narrow down relevant results and stake claims to in-development ideas.

UK Government Looks to New Technology to Tackle Lagging E-Disclosure Framework

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say the UK government is "probably a decade or so" behind the commercial sector for e-disclosure, but recent technology adoption aims to close the gap.

7 Security Measures for Preventing Data Loss When Employees Leave

By Joe Mulenex, Exterro |

Don’t let data walk out the front door: These tips can help you and your organization prevent data from getting away.

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SF Judge Hands Google Another Loss on Foreign-Stored Data

By Ben Hancock |

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg affirmed an earlier ruling directing the search giant to comply with a search warrant for emails stored overseas.

Inventor Pablos Holman of  Intellectual Ventures.

Getting to the Right Question: Futurist Pablos Holman’s Plea at ILTACON Keynote

By Zach Warren |

At the opening keynote of the 40th ILTACON, Intellectual Ventures Lab’s Holman explains how the future comes from asking, ‘What can I make this do?’

Top 5 Tools for Your E-Discovery Survival Kit

By Jeff Braislin, FTI Technology |

As data volumes and varieties grow, analytics and machine-learning e-discovery technologies can help cut through the clutter.

Axiom Invests in Research, Tech Development in New Artificial Intelligence Program

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The tech-enabled alternative legal services group is deploying new AI tools with a commitment to keep researching and developing new AI strategies.

The US Looks to Europe for Guidance on Encryption, but Can Europe Deliver?

By Rhys Dipshan |

Comments by a U.S. assistant attorney sparked a debate on how Europe's evolving encryption stance will impact the U.S., and whether the security debate has already shifted.

Disney, App Partners Hit With Suit Under Child Privacy Law

By Ross Todd |

Disney and three software companies were hit with a class action complaint Thursday claiming Princess Palace Pets violates a federal law designed to protect children's privacy while online.

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The Role of Encryption in Law Firm Data Security

By David Greetham and David Levine, Ricoh USA, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Whether, when and how to encrypt requires a careful look at what data the firm keeps, and how much protection it needs.

Trying to Train and Retain the Millennial Attorney

By Ian Lopez |

Experts from Troutman Sanders and Lexis Nexis chat their own experiences tweaking their training models to better deliver legal services.

This ABA Innovation Fellow Is Bringing A2J Incubators Beyond Silicon Valley

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

After nearly 20 years with Columbia Legal Services, Aurora Martin is taking the innovation hubs to cities outside the major tech bubbles.

'Hidden Files' May Not Get Processed by OCR Tools, Survey Reveals

By Ed Silverstein |

Eighty-one percent of survey respondents said they could not locate the exact file they were searching for all of the time.

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Avvo Blasts New Ethics Opinions on Attorney Match Services

By Christine Simmons |

A New York State Bar Association opinion says a lawyer paying Avvo's marketing fee is making an improper payment for a recommendation.

4 Things Small Businesses Should Know During IT Acquisitions in Cyber Risk Management

By Ji Young Park, Blank Rome |

A digestible guide to help with actionable items implementable during an IT acquisition, as well help an IT vendor analyze the legal implications of its sales.

Confidence is Growing Around Handling Evidence Production, But Slowly, Survey Says

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Deloitte survey shows slow growth and continued challenges for e-discovery professionals handling evidence production with multinational constraints.

Retention Robots: Automatic Legal Holds Becoming the Norm for Corporate Legal

By By Rhys Dipshan |

A Zapproved survey found that in the face of sanctions and a growing volume of disparate corporate data, many companies are turning to technology to help manage legal holds.

Circuit OKs Firing of Employee Over Allegedly Offensive Facebook Posts

By Max Mitchell |

Mindy Caplan, a district manager at Victoria's Secret, had shared two racially charged pictures on Facebook in 2014 and was fired shortly after.

The EU Transfer Two-Step: Mastering the Ever-Changing Data Dance

By By Zach Warren |

E-discovery experts at ILTACON discussed how to navigate the changing EU data transfer landscape and make regulations work for you.

Getting DMS Buy-In for Your Small and Midsize Legal Organization

By Zach Warren |

An ILTACON session explored what's 'in the cards' for legal organizations looking to adopt or change a DMS system—and the pitfalls that can occur in implementation.

ANOVA Apart: How to Tell If Your Firm Averages are Actually Significant

By Rees Morrison, Juris Datoris |

ANOVA can take averages and variance from factors and tease out insights that contribute to accurate and well-founded practice management decisions.

DLA Piper offices, Washington, D.C.

What Do Team Size, Marketing Initiatives and Industry Expertise Equal? At DLA Piper, Client Retention

By Zach Warren |

DLA Piper's marketing team revealed the inner workings of its massive client retention data analysis program at ILTACON 2017.

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Will Facebook's New 'Colorful Balloons' App Survive China's Regulators?

By Ed Silverstein |

After Facebook and its related proprietary apps were banned in China, the company looks for a new way through the country's regulatory regime.

Legal Tech Patent Filings Up Nearly 500 Percent Over Last 5 Years

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Recent data from Thomson Reuters suggests that legal tech is seeing a growing trend toward patenting from around the world.

Legacy Battle: FileTrail Aims to Attract LegalKEY Users With New Updates

By Rhys Dipshan |

The new updates fine-tune FileTrail’s user interface to cater to former LegalKEY users.

Apttus hired Margo Smith as chief legal officer.

Apttus Hires Former Marketo GC Margo Smith as Chief Legal Officer

By David Ruiz |

Smith joins the Apttus after nearly four years with Marketo Inc., where she served as senior vice president and general counsel.

Chinese Regulator Leverages New Cybersecurity Law Against Social Media Platforms

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say local authorities' move to investigate three social media companies underscores their willingness to enforce the cybersecurity law as broadly as possible.

Competitive Market Be Damned: Firms Still Shun Project Management Tech

By By Rhys Dipshan |

Exterro's 2017 Law Firm Benchmarking Report found that a majority of law firms still use manual processes to manage their legal projects—but is a change on the horizon?

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Judge Signs Off on Google's $22.5M Settlement in AdWords Class Action

By Ross Todd |

Plaintiffs filed suit in 2008 accusing the search giant of inappropriately placing ads on error pages and so-called "parked domains."

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.  March 18, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Revamping Legal Aid: LSC Project Evaluates Legal Sites for Modern Web Standards

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

The project looks at ways to improve websites funded by the legal aid organization.

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Conviction Upheld for Automated Commodities Trading Practice Known as 'Spoofing'

By By Ed Silverstein |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out a challenge that declared the federal anti-"spoofing" law unconstitutionally vague.

In Improving Law Firm Security, IT Needs to Learn the Language of Legal

By Ian Lopez |

At ILTACON 2017, an expert from Traveling Coaches discussed improving law firm cybersecurity.

Ian Levit, vice president of marketing and sales at Levit & James Inc.

Levit & James VP: Flexibility Key in Legal Tech's Future

By BY RHYS DIPSHAN |

For Ian Levit, the demand for flexibility and mobility will come to define the future of the legal tech market.

Chrome River Technologies Bring Automation to Attorney Expense Management

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

A look at how Chrome River's software uses automation to handle increasing billing complexity.

K1 Stakes $100M in Merged Service From Litera, Microsystems and The Sackett Group

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

The unified company points to a trend toward consolidation around document management.

Where Blockchain Finds a Home in Law

By Ian Lopez |

The technology behind bitcoin can be utilized for a variety of legal tasks.

Virtual, Augmented Reality Art, a Legal Labyrinth for Museums

By Rhys Dipshan |

Virtual and augmented reality art installations are a growing phenomenon, but their use of potential copyrighted technology opens museums to a host of legal issues.

7 Tips to Make a Cyber Attack Comeback

By Jeff Ton, Bluelock, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

No matter how much money a firm is currently investing in cybersecurity, the reality is that it only takes one wrong click for a breach to occur.